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services, with plans to expand. Initial services available include: £ Cloudant’s scalable, high-performance Database-as-a-Service

£ Data caching to improve the speed and responsiveness of web apps

£ Runtimes to give developers the flexibility to run their apps in the coding language of their choice

Using their most sensitive data, developers can build and run apps in Bluemix Dedicated, as well as pull in services from IBM’s public Bluemix catalogue, such as Watson APIs for cognitive computing, social data analytics and Aspera’s rapid data integration tools. Coupled with IBM’s growing network of local cloud centres, Bluemix Dedicated helps clients address concerns over data sovereignty, performance and compliance by giving them more control over the physical location of their data and production environments – enabling them to build mission-critical apps locally and globally.

For example, a UK-based retailer looking to drive sales during the holiday season could build and deploy a shopping application in a Bluemix Dedicated environment in IBM’s London cloud centre to help it avoid the performance issues that can be presented by the noisy-neighbour problem in public clouds. IBM is also introducing a new Private API catalogue to help developers gain the most out of their on premise data as they move to the cloud. The Private API catalogue allows developers to build a secure connection between on-premise systems of record and IBM’s public Bluemix catalogue through an established dedicated tunnel; turning internal data into consumable services for internal developers and third parties to build applications on top of.

For example, the same aforementioned retailer, looking to drive more personal interactions with customers, can now use Bluemix’s Private API catalogue to turn its customer database – living in its back- end, private infrastructure - into a secure, consumable API. This API can then be used to build a mobile app which can evaluate and make sense of buying habits via analytics. Matching it with geospatial tools also available on Bluemix, the retailer could enable push notifications to users, alerting them to relevant sales offerings when they are near the company’s brick-and-mortar stores.

Bluemix Garage at Level39 to Building on the success of the Bluemix Garage in San Francisco, the newest addition to the Bluemix Garage network will open in Level39, Europe’s largest tech accelerator

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based in London. This Garage will serve as a central location for UK developers, product managers and designers – from both startups and enterprises alike – to collaborate with IBM consultants, as well as outside developers and entrepreneurs, to build the next generation of cloud apps.

Bluemix Garages help redefine how developers use the cloud to turn new ideas into products, helping to evolve them based on market feedback, as well as scale and integrate them with client systems through IBM Bluemix.

IBM scales DevOps Recently, IBM also announced new, cloud-based DevOps services, software and infrastructure designed to help large organisations develop and deliver quality software faster. IBM’s new DevOps Innovation Services help address the challenge of scaling DevOps, enabling enterprises to transform their software delivery lifecycle. The hybrid cloud services combine IBM’s industry expertise from hundreds of organizational change and application development projects with the industry’s leading application development portfolio, including Bluemix, IBM’s open cloud platform-as-a-service. They also apply the flexibility of IBM’s enterprise-grade, hybrid cloud portfolio. These services are based upon SoftLayer, IBM’s premier cloud infrastructure platform.

Enterprises now have the option of combining on-premise, private and public clouds with the collaborative DevOps capabilities they need to deliver apps faster -- along with the data security, control and integration larger companies need. The new DevOps Innovation Services enable organisations to assess and benchmark their readiness for DevOps and chart a path forward, then address typical bottlenecks in key phases of software delivery, including development, testing, release and deployment and monitoring. IBM also today announced new and enhanced software and services that allow organisations to: £ Manage software development with significantly reduced set up time and infrastructure costs using a collaborative lifecycle management (CLM) solution on premise or as managed service in a virtual private cloud.

£ Extend mainframe development and testing to the cloud with the IBM Rational Development and Test solution, increasing flexibility and capacity, while reducing time, risk and cost. Available on premise or as a managed service in a virtual private cloud.

£ Enable the rapid design, deployment and update of full-stack, hybrid clouds, plus enhanced capabilities for mainframe deployments using the new IBM UrbanCode Deploy solution.

£ Free up developers to focus on innovation with the IBM DevOps continuous-delivery pipeline service to automate and schedule the various stages of software deployment to IBM Bluemix.

£ Continuously monitor user experience with mobile apps in real-time with IBM MobileFirst Quality Assurance services, drawing on analytics to understand user behaviour and feedback to drive product improvements.

With regular Cloud-related technology announcements as outlined above, it’s not difficult to see why Clark is so excited by the potential (and the reality) of IBM’s Cloud portfolio.

And then there’s the small matter of the Cloud ecosystem that is also very much a part of IBM’s Cloud strategy. Yes, of course, the company, like any other, would like to own as much of the Cloud as it possibly can, but IBM recognises that the power of the Cloud is in its openness and technical ease of interoperability. which affords collaboration with plenty of other IT organisations to provide Cloud solutions.

Recently, for example, IBM and Docker, Inc. announced a strategic partnership that enables enterprises to more efficiently, quickly and cost effectively build and run the next generation of applications on the IBM Cloud and on prem via the Docker open platform for distributed applications.

Enterprises can use the combination of IBM and Docker to create and manage a new generation of portable distributed applications that are rapidly composed of discrete interoperable Docker containers, have a dynamic lifecycle, and can scale to run in concert anywhere from the developer’s laptop to hundreds of hosts in the cloud.

As the first company to work with Docker to sell integrated solutions that include Docker Hub Enterprise (DHE), IBM will be a premier provider of Docker, Inc.’s flagship product for the enterprise market. DHE provides enterprises with a turnkey solution for distributed applications that allows their developers to focus on creating differentiated services behind the firewall and assembling them together with the best content that they have selected from the 60,000+ Dockerized services available in the Docker Hub hosted repository.

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